First Look: Best New Hunting Boots For 2020

More-versatile designs. Retro looks backed by high-tech materials. Rest assured, the year's best new hunt boots are ready for adventure.

by Mark Melotik

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More-versatile designs. Retro looks backed by high-tech materials. Rest assured, the year’s best new hunt boots are ready for adventure.

DannerRecurveBottomland 900

Danner Recurve Boot. One thing most hunters agree on is the value of truly versatile gear. The Recurve ($190-$220) certainly qualifies because it’s inspired by traditional-style hunting boots while drawing design and technology cues from Danner’s best-selling hiking boots. And that means it’s ready to deliver next-gen

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performance when chasing a wide variety of game, over most any terrain. Available in Fall 2020, the 7-inch-high Recurve (with options that include Danner Dry waterproofing) is ready to offer ankle support while chasing turkeys, deer and elk, and even pheasants and grouse, while its Vibram SPE midsole and TPU heel clip are designed to offer comfort on extended treks.

LaCrosseWomensAlphaAgility 900

LaCrosse Women’s Alpha Agility. Men have been enjoying the many benefits of the Alpha Agility for a while now; this year women get in on the fun. Made to move further and faster thanks to its light weight, flexibility and comfort, the 15-inch Alpha Agility ($130-$150) features premium hand-laid rubber over 5mm of naturally insulating neoprene for waterproofing and durability. LaCrosse’s signature adjustable gusset fits any calf size securely; the boot’s unique design also locks the heel in place for a secure fit. For late-season hunts, optional Thinsulate Ultra Insulation is available.

NewMuckBoot 900

Muck Boot Fieldblazer Classic. Good news for deer hunters and uplanders seeking grouse and woodcock in those marshy creekbottom coverts: For 2020 Muck has brought back the boot that started a revolution. Refreshed with a new Airmesh lining that acts as both a safety and comfort feature, the Fieldblazer Classic ($150) sports the same great last for the best in comfort and performance, along with a 100-percent waterproof rubber and neoprene upper for durability and flexibility. You’ll also find a welcome Nzyme odor-control treatment and great-looking Brown/Mossy Oak Country color scheme.

CATStormers 900

Cat Stormers Boots. Is it a hunting boot? The most versatile camp boot ever? How about both? Cat Footwear’s goal was to re-engineer the rubber boot from the ground up; it started with a soft, neoprene lining to reduce abrasions and flexible outsole to provide comfort for all-day movement. Next came lab-verified, best-in-class traction to provide grip on any terrain. With lugs inspired by the tracks of Caterpillar machines, and with a multilayer, vulcanized rubber upper, Cat Stormers ($105-$130) not only look like modern boots, but are built to function under the toughest conditions. They’re available in 6-inch (shown above) and 11-inch models.

RockyCornstalkerNXT 900

Rocky Cornstalker NXT. The legend is back—and better than ever. Rocky has rebuilt its iconic Cornstalker as the new Cornstalker NXT ($190 to $220)—lighter and more flexible with a wide variety of styles and insulation packages, to meet the needs of most any hunting adventure. All five new styles feature ultra-durable and abrasion-resistant 1680 Denier Cordura, Gore-Tex waterproofing, as well as Thinsulate Ultra insulation and the proven Rocky EnergyBed footbed. Available camo patterns include Realtree Edge, Realtree Timber and Mossy Oak Bottomland; two styles are made with brown leather.


LaCrosse Lodestar. Known more for its rubber-boot styles versus boots you can take confidently into the backcountry, LaCrosse is changing that perception with the new 7-inch Lodestar ($220), the latest addition to its Navigator Series. Packed with premium components including a Gore-Tex waterproofing and exclusive Vibram outsole, the Lodestar is built to deliver serious stability and comfort with a new lightweight, full-length shank system that’s designed to disperse weight evenly underfoot and offering torsional rigidity for support on rugged terrain.

RockyStalker 900

Rocky Stalker. Retro styling with cutting-edge materials and made-in-the-USA quality? Yes, please. The new 9-inch Stalker boots ($220) are a throwback to Rocky’s roots; they feature a classic look, top performance features and promise rugged durability. Featured are 900 Denier Cordura uppers with camo and leather accents, along with Rocky Vapor Pass breathable waterproofing, which comes with a one-year performance guarantee. The Rocky AirPort cushion footbed provides all-day comfort; you’ll also find proven Thinsulate Ultra insulation. The two styles include Realtree Edge with 800 grams of insulation and Mossy Oak Bottomland with 400 grams of insulation.

RockyWmensSportPro 900

Rocky Women’s Sport Pro. When you build a winner, make it accessible to all. That’s the tack Rocky is taking by expanding its popular Sport Pro collection to include two women’s styles for fall 2020. Built with an aggressive, multi-directional rubber outsole, the Sport Pro collection offers durable hunter-friendly designs. The new women’s styles include a seven-inch lace-up ($150, shown above) with full-grain leather/900 Denier Cordura upper that’s waterproof/breathable with 800 grams Thinsulate Ultra insulation in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. The new 16-inch rubber pull-on with side zip ($150) features 5mm waterproof neoprene and 1,200 grams of Thinsulate Ultra insulation in Realtree Edge.



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